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24 Nov, 2011

A thank you and a wee giveaway

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews|Ottawa

There’s been an important update! See update below!

Judging by the crickets in the comments on my recent post about the Extra Helping you’d think that there was no action in terms of new subscribers, but LO, there has been. Thank you to all you new folks who quietly subscribed. You sneaky quiet people! It’s hard to know what you’re up to! :)

As a thank you I’m giving away TWO gift certificates for a one hour massage with Lorrie Douthwright, RMT at Back in Balance here in Westboro. I wrote about her in a past issue of the Extra Helping. To summarize: She’s a wonder.

I have terrible posture, which is made worse by the fact that (a) I spend a lot of time hunched over my computer and (b) carry my stress around in my shoulders. Lorrie, a regular Fishbowl reader, was kind enough to give me a gift certificate earlier this summer. It took me MONTHS to redeem it (isn’t that sad?) but when I did, oy, it was fantastic. I WAS A LUMP OF DOUGH IN HER MAGICAL HANDS.  Whether you get massages regularly or are a newbie, you will really like Lorrie. She’s a totally regular person, a mom of two school-age kids, who is very friendly and approachable and works hard to make you feel comfortable. I walked home feeling happy, limber, and stress-free. (For a change. Ha.)

Want to win one of the gift certificates? YES YOU DO. You deserve this! Or you maybe know someone who would like this too? (HELLO CHRISTMAS GIFT.)

  • I’m giving one gift certificate away to one person who comments below, and another gift certificate to one Extra Helping subscriber. Is your name down in both places? No problem, it just means you have double the chance of winning. (By the way you can subscribe here if you’re keen.)

Some other details:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone residing in the Ottawa area but is void in Quebec. (Here’s why.)
  • A maximum of two entries per family please (one in the comments and one as a newsletter subscriber). We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • Let me know if you can’t post your comment here or are unable to sign up for the newsletter. My email is andrea AT quietfish DOT com … however I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • I will do a random draw of (a) the comments below and (b) Extra Helping subscribers on Thursday December 1, 2011 at noon and contact the winners via email. It is entirely possible that one person can win both gift certificates!
  • I will mail the gift certificate to each of the winners in a timely fashion.
  • Update! Lorrie tells me that anyone who comments on this post will get $10 off a 60-minute massage when they book with her in January and February 2012. Thank you Lorrie!

That’s it! Over to you. Thank you Lorrie for these gift certificates too. Yay!

51 Responses to "A thank you and a wee giveaway"

1 | rooshy

November 24th, 2011 at 11:00 am


I’d be crazy not to try for this.

2 | Tuesday De Jong

November 24th, 2011 at 11:05 am


I’m a librarian! I couod use a massage to get rid of the book-carrying-knots :)

3 | krista

November 24th, 2011 at 11:06 am


I have filed her contact away for future reference, I need a RMT in the area :) I love reading the extra helping, fyi. Local is GOOD!

4 | Chantal

November 24th, 2011 at 11:12 am


I am so in need of a massage it isn’t even funny. And I go to Back In Balance for my Chiro so I could kill two birds with one stone :)

5 | Vanessa

November 24th, 2011 at 11:24 am


ooh.. pick me! pick me!

6 | Fleur

November 24th, 2011 at 11:27 am


Back in Balance is such a wonderful place. I go there for chiro, massage and craniosacral therapy. The girls at the front desk are fantastic (my kids love them!), and I have always received such wonderful skilled care.

7 | Krista R

November 24th, 2011 at 11:28 am



8 | Erin

November 24th, 2011 at 11:28 am


I could give you a list of muscles and nerves that are currently unhappy with me, but I will just throw my name in a hat :)

9 | coffeewithjulie

November 24th, 2011 at 11:47 am


Oh, I’d give this to Hubby even though I would love it too!!

10 | Mel

November 24th, 2011 at 11:48 am


I’d love a massage! I would go regularly pre-kids but now – when I really need it – I can’t seem to find the time/money to do it. Thanks for the chance.

11 | Isha Tan

November 24th, 2011 at 11:51 am


Thanks for the giveaway!

12 | Brenda

November 24th, 2011 at 11:54 am


I am a terrible lurker. I DO read, just need to post my appreciation more often! I LOVE the peacock on Extra Helping too!

13 | Liisa

November 24th, 2011 at 2:35 pm


My back is all spasmed today. This would be perfect!

14 | Akt

November 24th, 2011 at 3:08 pm


Magical fingers kneading away at my back and neck. Zen.

15 | Marianne

November 24th, 2011 at 3:35 pm


Keeping my fingers crossed :)

Also, I enjoy the Extra Helping, even though I live in Kanata and rarely get down to Westboro.

16 | Sonya

November 24th, 2011 at 4:07 pm


At six months pregnant I could so use a massage right about now!

17 | Cari

November 24th, 2011 at 5:09 pm


Pick me, pick me, pick me! :-) But seriously, I could use a massage.

18 | Pamela

November 24th, 2011 at 6:54 pm


Thank you for this opportunity!
I love the Extra Helping as well.
So glad to support local business.

19 | Mommy Marshall

November 24th, 2011 at 7:36 pm


Please include me in this draw! I would looooooove a massage.

20 | Anne A

November 24th, 2011 at 7:40 pm


Knead this….. Do I ever. Would be so happy to win this giveaway!!!

21 | Jay

November 24th, 2011 at 8:26 pm


Whoot whoot! Count me in:)

22 | Patricia

November 24th, 2011 at 8:40 pm


My husband desperately needs this!

23 | Psychgrad

November 24th, 2011 at 8:55 pm


I could use a massage.

24 | Mary @ Parenthood

November 24th, 2011 at 9:18 pm


I’d love a massage but if I win I will probably give it away because my cousin needs it more.

She’s had a rough few months (picture becoming instant instant mom to a 10 and 5 year old) and I’d love to be able to give her a treat to let her know how much our family appreciates her!

25 | Sean

November 24th, 2011 at 9:26 pm


I could use a rub n tug! Just jokin, great contest, would love to win!

26 | Alison in Ottawa

November 24th, 2011 at 10:14 pm


There is always some part of my body that would benefit from massage.

27 | Elizabeth

November 24th, 2011 at 10:52 pm


I love professional massages…I hope I win, She sounds great :)

28 | Karen

November 24th, 2011 at 11:05 pm


My husband works 65 hours a week and is on his feet all day- he could SO use this !!

29 | Carla

November 25th, 2011 at 12:14 am


I could really use and love this! 3 kids, smallest is 6 months and 23+ lbs.!!! my posture is not liking this situation.

30 | Dan

November 25th, 2011 at 9:43 am


I want, NAY, need this!

31 | Valerie

November 25th, 2011 at 9:46 am


I would love a massage. Alas, my husband probably needs it more right now, so I’d probably (maybe?) give it away.

btw, I was sorely tempted by the runner at the Swedish place, especially when I saw it comes in green. Might have to make a trip this weekend…

32 | Dan

November 25th, 2011 at 10:08 am


What a great giveaway… choose me!!

33 | Wynne

November 25th, 2011 at 11:09 am


It’s hard to turn down a good massage!

34 | Tricia

November 25th, 2011 at 12:12 pm


I hold everything in my shoulders, and right now they are as hard as rocks. I could soooo use this!

35 | Cathy

November 25th, 2011 at 1:52 pm


I sew alot so my back is always aching. Would love to win.

36 | Fiona

November 25th, 2011 at 4:13 pm


Back in Balance is a wonderful place! I’d love to try a massage from them.

37 | Roz

November 25th, 2011 at 7:23 pm


I carry most of my stress in my hips. Would love to win this and try Lorrie :)

38 | Dave A.

November 26th, 2011 at 7:32 am


A free massage would be the best kind!

39 | Courtenay

November 26th, 2011 at 3:03 pm


You have GREAT giveaways!

My Mom loves your blog.

I work two jobs and can’t afford a massage.
I’ve heard great things about Back in Balance.

WOuld be wonderful….

40 | Rita

November 27th, 2011 at 10:50 am


Yes please! My arms and shoulders are aching from extra knitting for Christmas. Thank you!

41 | Tiana

November 27th, 2011 at 9:36 pm


I have only ever had massages while pregnant so one while not pregnant would be interesting!

42 | kaitlin

November 28th, 2011 at 10:59 am


I’m training for the half-marathon, and would love a massage a day or two after a long run, once my muscle atrophy ;)

43 | andrea

November 29th, 2011 at 10:56 am


Update! Lorrie tells me that anyone who comments on this post will get $10 off a 60-minute massage when they book with her in January and February 2012. Thank you Lorrie!

44 | Amy

November 29th, 2011 at 1:36 pm


I haven’t had a massage since my neck and shoulders seized up, even though the therapist told me I should, so this would be a wonderful thing.

45 | Nadine

November 29th, 2011 at 1:44 pm


I like massages. And Westboro. And massages in Westboro! Yay!

46 | @amwaters

November 29th, 2011 at 8:11 pm


I already have plans for this!

47 | Lorrie Douthwright

November 29th, 2011 at 9:03 pm



I will have 45 ten dollars off coupons waiting at the front desk of Back in Balance for all you little fishes. You may redeem them for one hour massages with me in January or February. Just tell our wonderful customer assistance staff that you commented on the Fishbowl & what your login name was so that they may check you off. Please, just one coupon per fish! I look forward to meeting you!

48 | Kathleen

November 29th, 2011 at 9:43 pm


So terrific to discover your blog — dedicated to Westboro no less.

49 | Mike S

November 30th, 2011 at 8:57 pm


Mmmmm…..massage. My better half would love that.

50 | andrea

December 6th, 2011 at 11:33 am


Ack! I overslept on this one. Stay tuned for the winner!

51 | andrea

December 6th, 2011 at 11:38 am


Winner #1 is Tiana, commenter #41, who writes:

“I have only ever had massages while pregnant so one while not pregnant would be interesting!” Congratulations Tiana!


Winner #2 will be notified by email today. Thank you for your entries and thank you Lorrie for the gift certificates!

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